Boards of Canada
Hi Scores


4.5
superb

Review

by Jupro1 USER (4 Reviews)
July 7th, 2006 | 117 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist


As I said in my review of "Twoism" I was amazed to find that there were no reviews for any of the various e.p.s that BoC have put out as they stand up incredibly well to the 3 main BoC albums.

Boards of Canada are made up of the brothers Marcus Eion and Michael Sanderson.
The "Twoism" E.P. got BoC noticed by the Skam record label, who signed them and released the "Hi Scores" E.P., this E.P. has been re-released several times since it's initial release in 1996 (it has been re-released in 1998, 2002 and 2005, to neatly coincide with the 3 main BoC albums no doubt).

"Twoism" to me is greatly reminiscent of their "Music Has The Right To Children" album yet even though "Hi Scores" e.p. shares a song from "Music Has The Right To Children" (Turquoise Hexagon Sun) and a song off "Twoism" (Seeya Later) to me the e.p. represents a different side of BoC.
The "Hi Scores" E.P. reveals slightly more open soundscapes, seems to further show how mature BoCís sound was back then and reveals a more upbeat side to their music.

It starts with the song "Hi Scores" which is classic BoC with it's repetive (in a good way) beats with hidden melodies and details in in the background but to me sounds slightly darker and more downbeat than usual, if this sounds depressing, don't worry as there also seems to be a feeling of hope running throughout this song. The second track is also classic BoC especially as the track also appears on "Music Has The Right To Children" and is not altogether that different from the version on that album, as good as ever on this e.p. this track (for obvious reasons) and the "Hi Scores" track seem to be the closest you get to the sound of "Music Has The Right To Children".

The next few tracks seem to take very different and far more beat-driven approach with "Nlogax" sounding sort of like electronic funk starting with a long build-up of drums and a single keyboard line and then turning into one of the funkiest tracks BoC have ever put their name to, a brilliant track that has a really wierd ascending and descending synth line.
This is followed by "June 9th" which is another different sounding BoC track with quite heavy (for Boc) beats that have a very mechanical sound, yet the song also has lovely melodies running through the background of the beats which allows the track to have a bit of warmth as opposed to sounding too mechanised.

The next track "Seeya Later" which also appears on "Twoism" also show this unusal and more upbeat BoC sound with it's weaving bassline, nice beat and beautiful melody.
The e.p. then closes with "Everything You Do Is A Balloon" (nice title) which opens with one of the short tracks that BoC like to use on thier releases has BoC's trademark sound, then the actual song begins and seems to be a kind of cross between the sound of "Music Has The Right To Children" and the earlier soundscapes of "Twoism" but still stands out as sounding a little different but this could just be my opinion, regardless of what it is familiar to it is a brilliant track in it's own right, probably one of BoC's best and a great way to end the e.p.

As with "Twoism" the "Hi Scores" E.P. is brilliant in it's own right and keeps up the high standard that BoC continually keep and stands alongside "Music Has The Right To Children" as some of their best work.


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The Jungler
July 7th 2006


4826 Comments


Great little tbt, I really like BoC.

AlienEater
November 2nd 2006


716 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this, but I don't think some of the songs are all that great.

natey
May 26th 2009


4187 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

nothing on this really hits me as even great. It's pretty boring.

LeMartien
May 19th 2011


75 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Everything You Do Is a Balloon is amazing.

ITsHxCTOASTER
March 19th 2013


2520 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Holy fuck this is awesome

demigod!
March 19th 2013


49237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

still haven't heard any BoC eps

Digging: NoMeansNo - Wrong

ITsHxCTOASTER
March 19th 2013


2520 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I'm just now checking this one and I haven't heard any of the others, it's so good though

demigod!
March 19th 2013


49237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah i might have to check this and Twoism

ITsHxCTOASTER
March 19th 2013


2520 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dude do you know a Boards of Canada song that ends with cricket noises? I used to have it in like 9th grade and I lost it and I miss it

StallionMang
August 9th 2013


8169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

EYDIAB is the fucking jam.

Digging: Dalek - From Filthy Tongue Of Gods And Griots

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
August 29th 2013


19975 Comments


nlogax rules so hard

Obfuscated
November 3rd 2013


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Everything You Do Is A Balloon, good god.

StallionMang
November 3rd 2013


8169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not as impressed with the title track or June 9th, but everything else on here is incredible, so hard 4.

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
December 4th 2013


19975 Comments


what i find astounding about boards of canada is how their tracks have a way of comfortably hiding from you until you're just in the right frame of mind to discover all it has to offer. you can hear a song and think "yeah thats pretty cool" but then revisit it in a different place and a different mindset and it's 100% completely different

i guess a lot of music does that but its never as profound as when it happens with Boc, cause everything you do is my jam right now.

slagun
August 22nd 2014


813 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

EYDIAB gets me everytime

Let
September 20th 2014


1598 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's easily one of their top 10 tracks

Kman418
September 30th 2014


13271 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nlogax makes me want to dance around

NorthernSkylark
October 14th 2014


8678 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hoping this will be my gateway into boc

Digging: Girl Ray - Earl Grey

StallionMang
October 14th 2014


8169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not a bad place to start at all

Check MHTRTC next

NorthernSkylark
October 14th 2014


8678 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

will do



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